Jacob Mishori was born in Tel Aviv in 1952. A prominent Israeli painter, he is a self-taught, nonconformist, postmodernist artist, whose oeuvre has changed frequently over the years. Mishori dropped out of school at the age of 15 in order to paint, supporting himself by working as a mover, an occupation that was his main source of livelihood until he was 40. He had the first of many one-person
exhibitions at the age of 26, and his work has featured in numerous group exhibitions in Israel and abroad. He has won awards from the Ministry of Education and the Sharett Foundation. and his paintings are to be found in many private and museum collections. At the age of 44 he began teaching at the Bezalel Academy of Art and at Beit Berl college. He has also served as head of art department of the Avni Institute. He has written numerous articles and essays, dealing mainly with what he sees as the disastrous domination of the academic method, language and spirit over the teaching and the practice of art, and
calling for a break between the academy and the making of art. After recently ceasing to paint, he wrote End, his first work of fiction.